- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A program founded in Maine that allows seniors to trade in their vehicles in exchange for rides is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

The concept of trading in cars for rides is aimed at getting elderly motorists off the road when they can no longer drive safely. The program was the brainchild of a mother, Katherine Freund, whose 3-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old old man.

Freund created the Independent Transportation Network to provide a solution.

She’s now president of ITNAmerica, which has affiliates in more than a dozen states.

She says the event Tuesday at the AARP state office in Portland marks the start of a 60-day Storybook Tour to raise awareness about how the program is changing the lives of older people.

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This story has been corrected to show the name was Independent Transportation Network, not Independent Travel Network.


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